Is Brazilian Big Brother really that good?

February 19, 2009

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Source: http://uk.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUKTRE5122PC20090203?feedType=RSS&feedName=oddlyEnoughNews

Reuters reports that: A Brazilian judge awarded $2,600 (1,824 pound) in damages to a man who sued Brazil’s largest furniture and department store for not replacing his faulty television set, ruling that it was an “essential good” needed to watch soccer and a popular reality TV show (Big Brother).

“In modern life, you cannot deny that a television set, present in almost all homes, is considered an essential good,” ruled the judge from Campos, a town north of Rio de Janeiro. Without it, how can the owner watch the beautiful women on ‘Big Brother,’ the national news broadcast or a football game,” the judge quipped.

Maybe things might have been different if the judge had been watching the English series of Big Brother!!!!  Indeed, interestingly, Lord Justice Pill in the House of Lords came to a different decision in Hunter v. Canary Wharf [1996] 2 WLR 348: While I accept the importance of television in the lives of very many people. However, in my judgment the erection or presence of a building in the line of sight between a television transmitter and other properties is not actionable as an interference with the use and enjoyment of land.”  [357]

Maybe he should start watching the Brazilian series of BB?

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